Wolves 2-1 Brighton: Graham Potter project shows both beauty and beast in Wolves loss

Opinion: Brighton lose 2-1 against Wolves... it's another missed opportunity for Potter's men to mathematically secure their Premier League safety

Sunday, 9th May 2021, 5:05 pm
Lewis Dunk's split second error of judgement proved costly for Brighton

Brighton were left stunned by Wolves after susbstitute Adama Traore terrorised their defence and turned the game on its head following Lewis Dunk's dismissal.

Dunk was sent off early into the second half for pulling Fabio Silva to the ground when he was through on goal. Traore was then brought on to wreak havoc against the vulnerable Brighton...and that he did.

It was a tale of two halves again for Albion so here's a dissection of what went right and wrong for Graham Potter's men at Molineaux today (Sunday).

Neal Maupay lost his discipline after the final whistle

First half

This is exactly what Albion are capable of... total domination. Death by football. Wolves could not get near. What a joy to watch.

The Graham Potter process is now coming to the end of its second season and you can see the huge leaps being made on the football pitch.

Where did they get this confidence, bordering on arrogance, from? The process. The Graham Potter long-term project. The hours on the training pitch learning how to play this majestic 3-4-2-1 formation which offers triangles all over the pitch.

That formation in itself is a beautiful thing to witness. There always seemed to be a player available, which makes link-up play easy. Who needs 5 touches when you can play a one-two around the corner every time?

This is football made simple. Brighton just came and came again, getting into the box, pinning Wolves back and finding holes in their defensive pack.

Lewis Dunk's goal came from a simple corner however, thanks to a superb Pascal Gross corner. Dunk is up there as one of the most dangerous defenders in the opposition box. But they could have had a few more if there was a top finisher up front.

I think Fabio Silva, Daniel Podence, Adama Traore and co would have been secretly envious of their Brighton counterparts playing in this team.

Second half

But after all this beauty - there's always a but isn't there with Brighton - Dunk was sent off after the defence was caught out with a simple through ball. And you're left thinking to yourself 'that is so Brighton', they don't make it easy for themselves.

It was the total opposite performance from the one in the first half, made even harder by the fact that Dunk's leadership was missing. It became a team of quiet individuals hanging on to a fragile 1-0 lead and hoping time would hurry up.

We've seen this before. But time went slower for Albion and Wolves dominated the ball and kept knocking at the door.

And the break through came from the substitute Traore after some wonderful, intricate build-up play on the edge of the box, which was superbly finished by the former Barcelona man.

Traore kept causing problems and with seven minutes left nearly set up Morgan Gibbs-White, but he blazed over from inside the box. The last thing you want when you're down to 10-men is face a fresh Traore.

And who was crossed into the box which eventually led to Wolves going 2-1 up? Traore. The winger was allowed to deliver into the box and Morgan Gibbs-White made up for his earlier error.

When will Brighton learn?

It looked like they had total power, almost like they were cheating with how good they were in the fist 45, but the second half looked like it was totally left down to chance. A tale of two halves again.

When Brighton can produce their first half performance over the course of 90 minutes, that is when progress in the table will be made.